Manuel J. Santamaria

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Grantmaking

Manuel

As vice president, Manuel oversees strategic initiatives and grantmaking to further SVCF’s role in addressing the region’s most challenging problems and improving communities and our quality of life. He manages the division’s operations and is a member of SVCF’s leadership team.  
 
Manuel joined SVCF in 1999 and has held a variety of roles, including grantmaking director, senior program officer in early learning and education, and immigrant integration. Prior to his work with SVCF, he led initiatives for a network of family resource centers, helped develop education programs for children and adults, and has worked with local organizations that advocate for the protection of immigrant rights.
 
Manuel is currently a member of the board of directors of Mission Asset Fund, past treasurer of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants (GCIR) and co-chair of the California Immigrant Integration Initiative. He has a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in public administration.